Mental Wellbeing: The Science of Happiness

(Last Updated On: March 17, 2021)

Part Five

The feeling of happiness is what many would like to feel all of the time. It gives a sense of positivity, joy and cheerfulness. Whilst there are some things that life throws at us that we cannot control, there are some steps and ideas we can take to try and feel a state of happiness. 

There are five scientific and research proven ideas which can be used to bring you a sense of happiness: 

  • Identifying the good things that have happened to you each day;
  • Mindful breathing;
  • Gratitude letters;
  • Random acts of kindness;
  • Active listening (Simon-Thomas, 2014).

These are ideas which are proven to have an impact on the happiness that is felt. 

By reflecting on what has gone well each day, either in writing or just thinking about it, you will be able to recognise what has gone well and what you have enjoyed. It will also give you an opportunity to think about why this has happened which will help you to repeat the happiness. 

Mindful breathing can take time to get into the routine of doing it, but taking a quiet moment and focusing on your breathing can bring a sense of relaxation and calmness. It also gives you time for the many thoughts in your mind to slow or even stop. This will help to bring peace of mind. 

In a world of technology and social media we can get so wrapped up in this. Instead, writing a letter of thanks and sharing this will not only bring gratitude to yourself but immense appreciation from the person you are giving it to you. It will show your thankfulness and a recognition of their kindness: no matter how big or small. 

Many of us can so often become so incredibly wrapped up in day-to-day life and the busyness this brings. By taking a moment to pass on a moment of kindness, to someone you know or someone you don’t, will bring joy to them and to you. No matter how big or small this is, it will bring happiness to you both.

By building conversations and discussions with others, you will be able to build relationships. It will give moments of happiness in conversations and moments of reflection for everything there is to be grateful for. By listening to others you will build happiness for them and happiness for yourself in sharing these experiences. 

Whilst these ideas may or may not help to develop your happiness, hopefully they go some way to help with this.

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Kimberley is a Primary School Teacher in Torbay with a specialist area of Wellbeing and Personal Development. Kimberley works closely alongside Torbay Teaching School Alliance and the Department for Education to provide schools and the local community with the best possible learning and development opportunities.